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Jack Overman, PSU's biggest fan, dies at 100 years old

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Pittsburg State University's  number one fan has passed away. Jack Overman died Saturday at the age of 100. 

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Uranus Mo newspaper closing

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The Uranus Examiner, after just publishing five editions since opening in September, is closing.

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Food Basket Brigade community collection day gathers volunteers

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Volunteers help gather donations that will impact hundreds of families during the holidays.  The Newton County Food Basket Brigade held their community wide pick up today. Local organizations that have been collecting food donations brought them to the Newton County Fairgrounds.  From there, volunteers help sort and get donations ready to be given to almost *900* families next weekend.  It's a big day that couldn't happen without volunteers.  Terry Cook, ... More>>

Webb City Farmers Markets fundraiser helps people with food insecurity

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A new fundraiser at the Webb City Farmers Market aims to help families with food insecurities.  The "Warm Bowls, Warm Homes" fundraiser aims to raise money for the farmers market's WIC coupon program.  For 15-dollars, you can buy a handmade bowl, and either keep it empty.. or get it with soup or pasta from a local vendor.  All the proceeds go to the program, which gives families on WIC ten dollars a week in coupons for fresh fruits and vegeta... More>>

Joplin and Seneca Police Team Up to Make Christmas Merrier for Kids

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Jessica Rhine is shopping with her three nieces, and Officer Josh Fort with the Seneca Police Department is helping.

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Heart attack survivor shares her story to raise awareness Video included

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Heart disease prevention was the topic of an annual event today in Joplin. The American Heart Association held their fourth annual "Go Red for Women" luncheon.  The event features testimony from people impacted by heart disease, a heart healthy lunch and a silent auction. The main purpose of the event is to spread awareness of heart disease. Kayla Moore, American Heart Association:"We invite women and men out in the community to join us to help fight heart dise... More>>

Doctors Discuss Future of Medical Marijuana in Missouri Video included

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Missouri's new medical marijuana law has officially taken effect, meaning doctors can now legally discuss medical marijuana with patients without the risk of losing their license, but this doesn't mean people will be able to legally smoke marijuana right away. Retired cardiologist, Paul Callicoat keeps himself busy, advocating medical marijuana with hopes of growing it in the near future with his son. "Amendment 2 was written such that it provides a good platform to get int... More>>

One Person Killed after Crane Collapse

One Person Killed after Crane Collapse Video included

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A man is killed after a crane collapse in Wilson County, Kansas. According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning about possible on site work related accident.  

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Joplin police investigate child abuse incident

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Joplin, Missouri police are searching for 28-year-old Adam J. Duncan in connection to a child abuse case. 

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Crash claims life of a southwest Missouri man

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A Mount Vernon resident dies after a two-vehicle crash in Lawrence County, Missouri. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-7 Video included

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Authorities now say Wednesday night's house fire in Joplin is considered incendiary and is under investigation by the Joplin Police Department.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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"Christmas Box Angel" Brings Comfort to Mourning Parents Video included

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As Regina Lawrence holds her lit candle, she is filled with a sense of loss. "My son died last year, in February of a sudden heart attack. He was only 38 years old," said Lawrence, a mother in Miami, Oklahoma. It was one of the hardest events she'd ever had to go through. "It's the worst pain. I thought losing my mother was bad, but losing my child, and he was a twin, is one of the worst things I've ever been through," said Lawrence. Now, though, Lawren... More>>

NEO honors students & food service fight hunger Video included

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Sodexo and students presented checks for Miami  Bright Futures back pack food. 

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One arrested after drug bust at Sigma Chi Fraternity in Pittsburg

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Authorities in Pittsburg execute a search warrant pertained to the distribution of illegal drugs out of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, 1714 S. Broadway St. 

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Agreement reached for Bourbon County ambulance service Video included

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Officials in Bourbon County, Kansas have completed a plan for a county ambulance service. The Bourbon County commission has signed an agreement with the Fort Scott Fire Department to take over ambulance services after Mercy's contract ends on March 31-st. 

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Infant ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart and Family Dollar recalled

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A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-6

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A fire in the North Heights neighborhood in Joplin sends one person to the hospital.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Fire In North Heights Neighborhood In Joplin Video included

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Developing news out of the North Heights Neighborhood in Joplin a fire sending one person to the hospital.  Fire officials responded to this home at 301 South Pearl just before 7:00 this evening.  There were heavy flames showing when fire officials arrived on scene. A person was transported by EMS to a local hospital with burns to their face and hands.  Officials at the scene did not know the severity of the person's injuries.  The cause of the fire is un... More>>

Four states residents remember President George H. W. Bush Video included

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Residents in the four states watched President George H. W. Bush's funeral today, and remembered the legacy of the 41st President.  One of which.. had the privilege of meeting the president on more than a few occasions. Chatters in Pittsburg is where Maureen Huerter and her friends gathered to watch the funeral service for former President Bush. Maureen Huerter, Pittsburg Resident:"I think it's been wonderful. Very dignified, just the right amount of humor to ke... More>>

Ozark Center Outpatient Mental Health Programs Under One Roof Video included

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 A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the new location of the Ozark Center Community Care Program. Outpatient programs for mental health clients and those with co-occurring addictions.

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Joplin police arrest Louisiana murder suspect

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Louisiana police ask Joplin Police for help to find 17-year-old Markeivion R. Hill. Louisiana police say Hill is charged with shooting and killing another male in Monroe on November 24th, 2018 and was supposed to be in Joplin.

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Online Presentation of KOAM News at Noon (12/5/18) Video included

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With with this morning's coverage of the funeral of President George H.W. Bush continuing on CBS, we bring you this online presentation of the KOAM News at Noon. The U.S. Marshall Service says the convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Oklahoma is back behind bars. Officers arrested 34-year-old Patrick Walker in St. Louis, Missouri on Dec. 4th, 2018. He had escaped from the Payne County, Okla. jail last week when he impersonated another inmate who was being release...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-5 Video included

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The U.S. Marshall service says the convicted murderer who escaped from a county jail in Oklahoma is back behind bars.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Work Planned For Joplin's Memorial Education Center Video included

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    The Memorial Education Center in Joplin currently houses administrative offices and some school services, but it's about to take on a new role.     Over the past 100 years, the Memorial Education Center has worn many hats.  As a high school, a junior college, a junior high, a middle school, a temporary high school, and now, the administrative offices for the district.     That 100 years of history is key the building's future. Dr. Kerry Sac... More>>

Pittsburg Library Kicks off Holidays Video included

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They held their annual coffee and carols celebration to usher in the holiday season.  Plenty of cookies and caroling, as well as a lot of holiday spirit. Ten themed Christmas trees were unveiled.. with themes from Charlotte's Web to Harry Potter and Willy Wonka.  A lot of which were a hit with the kids. Tom Bolding, Pittsburg Resident: "They love the trees.They really enjoyed walking around and looking at them, and the different themes. They really liked that. To ha... More>>

Crowder College Recognized for Use of Clean Energy Video included

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Some big news for Crowder College today. The "Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center (MARET Center)" on campus was awarded "LEED platinum status" from the "U.S. Green Building Council."  The award was given to recognize the center as a "green building," since it creates 55-percent of the energy it requires to run on its own-- and as a unique space for laboratory learning. Melissa Oats, MARET Center Director... More>>

Celebrating Safe Routes to Schools Video included

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"As everybody knows, a school system is in the business of educating young minds, but our first priority is actually the safety of our students and their families," said Pittsburg schools Superintendent Rich Proffitt. 

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 12-4 Video included

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The killer of a Joplin woman will spend the rest of his life in prison.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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New Radios for Parsons Police and Fire Video included

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New radios are on the way for the men and women who protect the people of Parsons, Kansas. The Parsons City Commission unanimously approved the purchase and replacement of the handheld radios used by Parsons police and fire. 

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MSSU Remembers George H. W. Bush Video included

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Bush Senior first visited the campus in 1988 as a vice president running for office. But his visit to the oval in September of 1992 marked the first visit of a president to Missouri Southern. As Judy Stiles looks over photos from Bush Senior's presidential visit to Joplin, she can't help but reminisce. "Definitely was a big event, I remember the preparation was a quick turnaround, I think they announced early in the week he was coming and then he came and it was a big event...

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Life sentence given in Joplin murder case Video included

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A judge gives James Henneha life in prison without the possibility of parole. On November 15th, 2018, a jury found James Henneha guilty of first degree murder in the death of 38-year-old Tonya Crawford. 

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Joplin police release details of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian

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Joplin police release details of a fatal vehicle crash involving a pedestrian that happened on November 30th.

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Quapaw Nation chosen as casino operator in Arkansas

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Local leaders in Jefferson County, Ark. and Pine Bluff, Ark. have chosen Downstream Development Authority as their casino authority. Amendment 100 of the Arkansas Constitution protects local control and provides that local leaders can select, through a letter of support, who applies for a casino license in their community. John Berrey, chairman of Downstream and the Quapaw Nation, announced today that Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington and Jefferson County Judge Booker Clemons have ... More>>

A Swingin' Little Christmas Takes Stage at JLT This Week

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Christmas goes retro at Joplin Little Theatre this week with A Swingin' Little Christmas.    A review of holiday songs  set in a 1940's,1950's motif  and style, the show include all time favorites and some new ones.

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Body of Transient Found at Truck Stop

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A man's body  was discovered at a Joplin truck stop between a tractor trailer's wheels and the curb.  

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Lion's Club Hosts Carl Junction Parade

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Dozens of floats and cars made their way down Main Street as children snatched up candy and waved to Santa Claus. Carl Junction's choir and marching band provided music throughout the event. This year's parade was hosted by the Lion's Club and an event official hopes this brings greater awareness to what the service organization does. "We provide glasses for kids that need it and older people also, but we concentrate on young people because they can't learn in school if ... More>>

Santa Cares: Sensory-Friendly Photo Experience Welcomes Children with Special Needs Video included

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As Heather Latimer places her 6-year-old son, Landon, next to Santa, she feels a sense of gratitude. "You know, he doesn't get to come to the mall because there's just so many people, and you know, it just really bothers him. So it's really nice to be able to come right now where it's all just nice and calm and he can just feel comfortable being himself," explained Latimer, a mother from Goodman, Missouri. Latimer explains that experiences like this for her family are ...

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Storm Damage Near Girard

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In Crawford County, a report of damage near Girard.  This is video from around DeLang seed just west of Girard on K-47.     As you can see a couple of silos were destroyed there's also roof damage to a couple of their buildings.  One building's roof was nearly completely removed.  Meteorologist Nick Kelly spoke with the national weather service, at this time, this damage is not being attributed to a tornado but instead to severe winds in last night's stor... More>>

One Joplin Advocacy Workshop Helps Citizens Improve Neighborhoods Video included

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Ann Leach loves living in Murphysburg, but she also seems room for improvement in her neighborhood. 

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4th Annual Holiday Tea Features Heartland Opera Theatre

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Post art library hosted its fourth annual holiday tea with a musical performance from Heartland Opera Theatre. 

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Local Artist Prepares for Final Open House

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A local artist that's been featured on CNN, the NBC Nightly News, and sold pieces across the nation is holding her final open house this weekend, marking the end of a chapter in her life. Linda Lindquist Baldwin has been creating "Belsnickles" -- papier-mâché Santa Clause figurines -- for more than 30 years. Linda Lindquist Baldwin, Belsnickle Creator:"I was a single mother, almost 40, working two jobs with developmentally disabled adu... More>>

Connect To Culture Seeks Funding Deadline Extension Video included

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    We've brought you the stories on Connect to Culture and their plans for the Cornell Arts and Entertainment Complex in downtown Joplin.  They're close to their fund raising goal, but, they need a little more time.  Connect to Culture announced a bold plan last year to build a new arts and entertainment complex on the parking lot of Memorial Hall. Emily Frankoski, Connect 2 Culture: "The community has really rallied behind the idea of this in downt... More>>

Kansas City Chiefs Release Kareem Hunt

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced via Twitter on November 30th, that they are releasing star running back Kareem Hunt. The news comes after a video surfaced of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway.  Prior to the announcement, the NFL had placed Hunt on the commissioner's exempt list, which prevented him from playing in games or practicing with the team.  More>>

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  • Nativity Festival

    Nativity Festival

    Saturday, December 8 2018 8:56 PM EST2018-12-09 01:56:34 GMT

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their 3rd Annual Community Nativity Festival, Saturday. 

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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held their 3rd Annual Community Nativity Festival, Saturday. 

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  • Shoal Creek Conservation Center Winter Programs

    Shoal Creek Conservation Center Winter Programs

    Friday, December 7 2018 4:57 PM EST2018-12-07 21:57:54 GMT
    Short-eared Owl Hike December 15 - Saturday - 4:30 p.m. to dusk Registration Required (ages 12 and above) Snakes of Missouri December 27 - Thursday - 11 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Registration Required (ages 5 and up) Animal Bingo January 2 - Wednesday 11 a.m. – noon & 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Registration Required (ages 5 & above) Kids’ Christmas Bird Count January 5 - Saturday 9 a.m. –1 p.m. Registration required (ages 7–17) Calling All Owls ...More >>
    Short-eared Owl Hike December 15 - Saturday - 4:30 p.m. to dusk Registration Required (ages 12 and above) Snakes of Missouri December 27 - Thursday - 11 a.m. - noon & 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Registration Required (ages 5 and up) Animal Bingo January 2 - Wednesday 11 a.m. – noon & 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Registration Required (ages 5 & above) Kids’ Christmas Bird Count January 5 - Saturday 9 a.m. –1 p.m. Registration required (ages 7–17) Calling All Owls ...More >>
  • SEKHS December Adoption Specials

    SEKHS December Adoption Specials

    Friday, December 7 2018 4:46 PM EST2018-12-07 21:46:23 GMT
    The SEK Humane Society will be reducing their dog adoption fees for the entire month of December. Dog adoptions will be reduced to $45.00 and all black dogs will be only $30.00. For more information, please contact our Business & Promotions Manager, Jasmine Kyle, at 785-275-1631 or jkylesekhs@yahoo.com.More >>
    The SEK Humane Society will be reducing their dog adoption fees for the entire month of December. Dog adoptions will be reduced to $45.00 and all black dogs will be only $30.00. For more information, please contact our Business & Promotions Manager, Jasmine Kyle, at 785-275-1631 or jkylesekhs@yahoo.com.More >>
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